It’s sunny at the Sundowner

South Australian businesses are turning towards green energy, including the Barreau Hotel Group, which owns the Sundowner Hotel Motel in Whyalla.

The Sundowner recently had solar panels installed to help reduce their power bill, which co-manager Fred Wild says has been growing every year.

“Our power bill is enormous. It’s risen $30,000 a year, and that’s without even turning an extra light on,” he said.

Our power bill is enormous. It rose $30,000 a year, and that’s without even turning an extra light on.

“We foresee the power going high and higher – no one can afford to pay the power bill we’re paying. This is something more business are going to start doing.

“The solar panels will cover 80 per cent of our power needs, there’s 300 panels on the roof which will draw a lot of power for us.”

The Barreau Hotel Group also installed a generator at the Sundowner, in case of another power blackout as happened in 2016.

“We have no confidence in the power supply here at all, but because of the generator we will be able to keep trading when the lights go off in Whyalla,” he said.

“Hotels use a lot of power, our lights and air-conditioner are on all day long. If we lose power for two days that’s very, very costly.”